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Thursday, 26 April 2007

Self-regulation of bloggers? part 3

At the end of last year, I wrote my $0.02 on the need for self-regulation among local bloggers (part 1 and part 2). Today, I read in the papers that Malaysian bloggers have formed the National Alliance of Bloggers of Malaysia, or "All-Blogs". Apparently, it's in response to the crackdown on bloggers there who were allegedly defamatory towards the government.

Among the organisation's activities are:

  • conduct training on basic journalistic ethics, writing skills and defamation and sedition laws on fabrication and plagiarism
  • open up dialogue with the government
Oh, and there's an annual membership fee: RM20 ($S8.80).

I think it'll be interesting to see how All-Blogs fares. There might be something there for Singaporean bloggers to learn about.


Friday, 6 April 2007

Offence to leave car engine idling

(Reproduced from Today.)

Letter from Tan Quee Hong
Acting Director, Pollution Control Department,
National Environment Agency

We refer to the letter, "Idling and stifling" (March 3) by Mr Tan Siok Ha.

It is an offence under the Environmental Pollution Control (Vehicular Emissions) Regulations to leave an engine idling unnecessarily when a vehicle is stationary for reasons other than traffic conditions. Leaving the engine idling unnecessarily is an inconsiderate act that causes pollution and wastes fuel. Motorists should turn off their engines when their vehicles are stationary for a period of time. The National Environment Agency (NEA) will take enforcement action against vehicles with idling engines without good reason.

We thank Mr Tan for his feedback. Mr Tan may wish to provide details on cases of idling vehicles through the NEA 24-hour Call Centre on 1800-CALL NEA (1800-2255 632) to facilitate our follow up enforcement action.
Looks like a lot of taxi and commercial vehicle drivers are gonna be contributing to the government coffers soon...